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An introduction in developing an Open Hardware project for the WeCare Solar Project

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Open Hardware Presentation

  1. 1. PodCamp Toronto 2011 Open Hardware, Concept to Reality: WeCare Solar Suitcase Case Study Presentation Glenn McKnight IEEE HIC - Sat. Feb 26, 2011
  2. 3. Interesting times Open Source becoming the Hero in Action Flicks!
  3. 4. Our Approach Crowdsourcing it ain't
  4. 5. <ul>Background </ul><ul><li>IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge formed from the cooperation between the IEEE Foundation and the UN Foundation
  5. 6. Three key focuses: Reliable Electricity, Data Connectivity and Individual Patient Records
  6. 7. IEEE HIC launched a student competition to create an Open Hardware version of the small scale solar suitcase </li></ul>
  7. 8. Project Challenge
  8. 9. Lack of Electricity <ul><li>1.6 billion people lack access to electricity
  9. 10. 2.4 billion lack access to fuels for cooking and heating
  10. 11. 300,000 health facilities are without electricity </li></ul>
  11. 12. Maternal Deaths <ul><li>1/2 million deaths per year
  12. 13. 99% of deaths found in developing countries
  13. 14. For every death, 20 more women suffer severe complication from childbirth </li></ul>
  14. 15. Solar Suitcase <ul><li>WeCare Solar Suitcase being delivered at a Northern Nigerian health clinic
  15. 16. Challenge is modifying the design, components etc to reduce the size and cost of the unit
  16. 17. Open Source design </li></ul>
  17. 18. Open Hardware Competition <ul><li>Creation of student competition inviting engineering teams to create their own Open (Source) Hardware approach to improve the WSS design and subsequently improve access to for rural clinics in the poorest regions in the world to reliable electricity
  18. 19. Open Hardware model makes it possible for the founders of the platform, WE CARE Solar, to benefit by the new designs </li></ul>
  19. 21. Why Open Hardware? <ul><li>Shared solutions that are open and not limited by restrictive licencing
  20. 22. Build on the shared knowledge of six separate teams providing their own interpretation of the project
  21. 23. Reduce the cost of complete system
  22. 24. Leverage the existing student networks to promote solutions </li></ul>
  23. 25. Next Steps <ul><li>Incorporation of new designs into the current WeCare Solar specification
  24. 26. Adaption of the design based upon local supply of components
  25. 27. Local training initiatives to build kits
  26. 28. Spur local technical and humanitarian partnerships ie. HackLab-To and International Women's Groups </li></ul>
  27. 29. Engineering for Change
  28. 30. IEEE HIC More info on HIC
  29. 31. IEEE Humanitarian Initiative Committee WeCare Solar . Http://
  30. 32. Links WECARE Solar. HIC, IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee. Laura Stachel: Solar Saves Lives, PopTech 2010 presentation. Debora Barnes-Josiah, Cynthia Myntti, Antoine Augustin, The 'three delays' as a framework for examining maternal mortality in Haiti, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 46, Issue 8, 15 April 1998, Pages 981-993. (accessed January, 2011)